Tuesday April 23, 2024


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Our dear readers received their Monday ottawan about 15 hours early yesterday. We’re sorry, we think.

On perfect days, we write much of the next day’s ottawan the night before, then wake up the next morning, take a quick gander at the world for anything new, and send it out. Few days are perfect, however.

Yesterday, or rather Sunday night, we hit SEND rather than SAVE. In four years, we’ve never done that before and we were a little curious about what would happen and what to do.

Will everyone miss us in their inboxes because it scrolled out of view? Should we resend in the morning with a note? A crisis council of Martha, Darren, and the cats was called.

In the end, by mid-morning the regular number of people had opened their ottawan so the cats vetoed bothering readers with an unnecessary email. 

If you’re wondering, we aim to send out the ottawan around 10:00 am-ish or around 2:00 pm-ish as that hits the sweet spot of hitting people’s inboxes after everyone else’s morning newsletter and just about when readers think ‘coffee time’.

So, sorry not sorry. But we’ll try not to send out the newsletter the night before again.

– Martha and Darren



    • 4.095 million
    • – The number of passengers that passed through Ottawa International Airport in 2023, up 37 per cent over 2022. (Josh Pringle at CTV)

    Ottawan of the Day

    • Cameron Anstee
    • – The editor has kept Lowertown-based chapbook publisher Apt 9 in business long enough to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The press’ latest chapbook is The First Thousand Questions in which Moez Surani spent one year recording and annotating the questions asked by his young daughter. (Ben Ladouceur in Lowertown Echo) (Apt 9 Press)


    • I got to tell you, this structure looks really strong from the pictures I'm seeing

    • –  Amstead Design-Build developer Steve Barkhouse who, unofficially, gives his opinion that 24 Sussex Drive is salvageable. While the National Capital Commission believes it will take $36.6 million to bring the house to a good condition, Barkhouse says it would be more like $26 million if done right. (Tyler Fleming at CTV)


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    What’s going on at City Hall

    Planning and Housing Committee
    Wednesday, April 24 at 9:30 am

    • Zoning By-law amendment - Part of 3288, 3300 Borrisokane Road
    • Zoning By-law amendment - 4305, 4345, 4375 McKenna Casey Drive and 3288, 3300 Borrisokane Road
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 315 and part of 321 Chapel Street, 8 Blackburn Avenue
    • Application to alter 315-321 Chapel Street, properties designated under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act
    • Zoning By-law amendment – 1166 Bank Street
    • Riverside South Secondary Plan
    • Motion - Renovictions

    📋 Agenda


    ⭕ Ringette

    •  Ottawa will play host to the Canadian Ringette Championship in 2025. The Championship was supposed to play here in 2020 but COVID 19 put paid to that. The Championship was here last in 2007, but the once independent township of Gloucester played host in 1990 and 1996. (Martin Cleary in Ottawa Sports Pages)

    ✈️ Ottawa International Airport

    •  Mayor Mark Sutcliffe said he met with airline executives in England to encourage new overseas routes from Ottawa. Currently, only Air France offers a non-Americas international route, flying to Paris daily. The mayor did not say which airlines that he met with. (Josh Pringle at CTV

    🏠 Heritage Homes

    •  The Ontario Land Tribunal has upheld the heritage designation of a Highland Park home. The Tribunal ruled that the 100 year-old house did not have any unique architectual value but it helps define the character of the area. The owner had received the approval of City staff to demolish the property but council overruled them.  (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen

    🐦 Birding

    •  Last winter, a Western Tanager was seen for the first time in Ottawa. Last month it hit a window and died. A birdwatcher spotted the rare bird at McCarthy Woods near Hunt Club and Riverside, and dubbed him ‘Sunny’. (Blair Crawford)

      ➕ Related CTV Ottawa has some tips on birdwatching

    💉 Federal Public Employees

    •  The Federal Labour Relations Board has ruled that suspending unvaccinated Federal public employees was not ‘disguised discipline’. In October 2021, the Treasury Board required Federal public employees to vaccinate with a COVID 19 vaccine or be put on leave without pay. Two employees took the Treasury Board to tribunal, arguing that the suspension was actually a disciplinary action. The Labour Relations Board disagreed and ruled it was an ‘administrative measure’. The vaccine mandate was repealed in June 2022. (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen)


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    •  The Spring Celebration Market by Indigenous Markets brings more than 20 Indigenous makers to 240 Sparks from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    •  How can we as individuals—and authors, thinkers, & advocates—keep each other hopeful and stand up collectively in the face of rising hate and Islamophobia in the world? Join Octopus Books for a community conversation with Barbara Leimsner, author of Quitting the Master Race, and Monia Mazigh, author of Gendered Islamophobia.

    •  Get caught up in the smouldering chemistry between stars Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter as Yellow Sky (1948) is screened for free at the OPL Main Branch (mature audiences only).

    •  ByTowne CinemaIrena’s Vow, Passing: In the Shadow of Everest with Q&A, Wicked Little Letters

    •  Mayfair TheatreRemembering Gene Wilder, One Life, Sting


    •  Trivia Hall of Fame. Royal Oak Pubs (Bank at McLaren, Stittsville, Barrhaven), O’Grady’s Outpost

    •  The Kevin Prater Band, Concession 23. Greely Legion (Branch 627)

    •  Taqsim Driver. SAW Centre

    •  Pizza & Poetry. Spark Beer

    •  Half Cocked Trivia. Atomic Rooster

    •  Outside the Box Trivia. Barley Mow Westboro

    •  Tuesday Trivia. Broadhead Brewery


    •  The embassies of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, in partnership with the ByTowne Cinema, present the German Language Film Festival Ottawa. Starting tonight (April 24) until May 15, each Wednesday evening a different recent German language film (with English subtitles) will screen at the ByTowne Cinema. Tonight’s festival opener is Breaking the Ice.
    •  Democracy on Trial is a series of group discussions led by Robert Miller, former president and chief executive of the Parliamentary Centre. Tonight’s discussion is The Fire Next Door: The Authoritarian Impluse in the United States. 6:30 pm at Ottawa Public Library Sunnyside branch. 1049 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9.
    •  The 2024 National Poetry Recitation Finals bring students from across the country to the National Arts Centre to compete for glory in performing works in English and French by Canadian, Indigenous, and International poets. Hosted by Evan Solomon and Johanne Blais. Azrieli Studio at 8:00 pm. 1 Elgin St.

    •  Boston visits Ottawa in the penultimate home game of the Professional Women’s Hockey League season. The Arena at TD Place.

    •  Catch athletic people doing incredible things on top of and inside mountains in the Mountains on Stage festival. Four films of 45 minutes or less will be screened at the event, which takes place at the Mayfair Theatre.

    •  There are some pretty terrific prizes up for grabs at Nerdy Bingo at Laugh Lounge. Plus, you’ll get to meet other geeks and have lots of fun. 61 York St. K1N 9C7

    •  ByTowne CinemaWicked Little Letters, German Language Film Festival Ottawa: Breaking the Ice, Irena’s Vow

    •  Mayfair TheatreOne Life, Mountains on Stage


    •  Operatic Revelry: Spring Fever. Rainbow Bistro

    •  Sourpussy, Castle Black, Saturn Sunrise. LIVE on Elgin

    •  Supersonic Hearts Band. Atomic Rooster

    •  Taproom Trivia. Stray Dog

    •  Vanessa Collier. Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe


    Just Announced / Now Booking

    • Self-publishers have been creating zines for nearly 100 years, and there’s no sign that this cool graphic art pursuit is slowing down. If you’ve always been curious and you want to get your message out on paper, book your spot at the Possible Worlds Artifacts #2: DIY Art x Music Night on Friday May 3, when the project of the night is Zine making. You can bring your own materials or dig into the ones on offer. Admission is by donation.

    • Station 11 is a brand new co-working and event space in a revitalised heritage building. RSVP to the Grand Opening on May 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm to see the spaces for yourself. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a voucher for complimentary access to the co-working space for half a day.



    Québec brand Abaka is giving purchasers a discount of 20% in honour of Earth Day. The discount will be applied automatically on your basket. This offer will expire on Wednesday April 24.


    Dave Allston in the Kitchissippi Times has published a remembrance of ‘When railways ran through Hintonburg and Mechanicsville’. Reading it, we see that OC Transpo missed a good historic naming opportunity as the Bayview O Train station is built on top of the old Canadian Pacific Ottawa West station. 



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